Civil Society Dialogue

27-29 September 2013 -  Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Civil society representatives have played an important role at all stages of the process so far.  The Agenda Guiding Group and the Agenda Support Team have recognised, however, that some of the more marginalized elements of civil society globally may require more structured engagement. To this end, the Agenda has been working with these constituencies on the design of a mechanism that will make the involvement of more marginalised groups more systematic and coherent. In that respect the Agenda Support Group organized a meeting with participants from these social movements and community-based constituencies, to (i) discuss the Agenda’s role in addressing sustainability in food and agriculture; and (ii) agree a mechanism and representation that will best serve the need for the effective participation in the Agenda by currently marginalized groups.

The meeting was held from 27 to 29 September 2013, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The meeting was hosted jointly by MARAG and FAO, and facilitated by the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty, WAMIP and the CSM. This first meeting in Ahmedabad will be followed by a pastoralists meeting in Nairobi tentatively planned from 9 to 13 December 2013, co-hosted with UNEP, WISP and the IUCN.